Opinion

Old and Awesome

While I was subbing in P.E. last Friday, an adorable second grader approached me at the start of the very first class of the day and said with the utmost sincerity as she gave me a hug, “Mr. Naughton, I’m so glad you’re here. Old people are awesome!” I wish I could have come up

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Different ways to catch tax cheats

There is nothing fun about this week. Nothing. Not only do we get up and go to work, we file our taxes. What’s that you say? You filed your taxes back in February? Congratulations. Those of us who pay the piper have put this off long enough. We have to meet our April 15 deadline.

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Spring Break of No Regrets

Does plunging 255 feet straight down into a pitch-black hole in the ground at 85 mph and having most of the blood sucked out of your brain as you fly through turns that apply four and a half times the force of gravity on your nerve-wracked body sound appealing to you? Me neither. Yet somehow

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Chicken Patty Wednesday may change

News alert to Southern Boone students: The infamous Chicken Patty Wednesday, a staple of the school lunch menu, could be taking on a whole new taste. Or, maybe not. You be the judge. The news from San Francisco’s Memphis Meats, Inc. is that they claim they have created the world’s first chicken strips grown from

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Naughton Family Spring

Spring Break Part One Greetings from beautiful Grapevine, Texas! I am happy to report that despite several minor catastrophes, the Naughton family has miraculously managed to survive the first few days of yet another epic adventure in our eighteen year-old recreational vehicle. Barely. There are some people who might interpret the two separate and simultaneous

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Kids need to learn how to play

One of the more interesting parts of being a grandparent is to sit back and watch your child be a parent. I spent a good part of the past week watching my daughter be a parent to my 9-month old grandson, Luke, (365 new photos and you don’t have to tell me you was to

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SoBoCo Heroes

By Travis Naughton The flames of the largest wildfire in Kansas history had barely been extinguished when Southern Boone native Courtney Collins started putting a plan together to get help to the people whose lives and livelihoods had just been destroyed by the firestorm that ravaged large parts of Kansas and Oklahoma. Courtney had seen

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Fire Department Answers the Call

By Bruce Wallace Monday’s temperatures set a record high temperature at 84-degrees, but that did not stop Southern Boone firefighters working, in full bunker gear, to demonstrate to high school teens what happens at the aftermath of a deadly car wreck. Those same fire volunteers made a real call late in the afternoon to fight

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A Little of This, A Little of That

By Bruce Wallace A few notes from the past few weeks: If you missed the Family of Christ Lutheran Church fish fry, you missed one outstanding meal. Not only was the fish, fries and slaw the best, they had the best help clearing plates I’ve seen in a few years. A young man tentatively approached

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Your Tax Dollars and Politicians’ Egos

By Sen. Claire McCaskill When politicians’ egos and taxpayer money combine, you’re bound to get a bad result. Wasting taxpayer money is wrong, whether it’s a billion dollars or a single penny. And so, finding and cutting waste has been a passion of mine since I worked as Missouri’s State Auditor. I recently found one

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